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Nellie 08:59 PM 10-15-2011
I try my best to do pre cooked lunches. Sometimes instead it turns out I'm making my families dinner while I'm cooking lunch so it does give me some free time when normally I should be cooking dinner and lunch for the next day for daycare. If I'm making up a casserole I make a little one for the next day at daycare. If we are having tacos I make extra meat that I just need to quickly heat up on the stove and have all the veggies, cheeses, chopped ready to go the next day. I kind of feel bad because my kids either eat the same thing two days in a row or on the same day. I'm going to start making more with some of my meals so I can get 2 daycare lunches out of them and freezing one of them. That way the next day I can freeze what I made that day and pull out something else. Also it will give me some extras for when my family eats a frozen pizza or goes out for dinner. I love the steamable bags of veggies. It cuts down on a pot and strainer to wash The aren't to much more money than a regular bag of veggies and the convenience is wonderful. While I watch my show at night I sit and peel raw veggies and raw fruit for the next day.
I pay my 13 year old daughter to help with the washing of toys. I use the dishwasher for anything I can throw in, anything that possible can go in the washer does, and wipe down the items that can't go in either. When you have an extra pair of hands it helps. ALOT!! Bedding needs to be washed ever 5 uses. I actually do this right away in the morning. I have extra sheets and blankets for each play pen and cot(crib mattress). On Monday I strip the pack and plays and quickly remake them up, throw linens in wash, then when they are done quickly fold and return to closet. On Tuesdays I do boys crib mattress, and Wednesday is the girls.
If you have a schedule of when certain things need to get done it helps. Keep the tasks small. For a long time I'd wait to do daycare linens until the weekend. Well I do personal laundry on Saturday so it was overwhelming. Sometimes I wouldn't do the linens and the next week I'd have 6 loads of sheets and blankets vs 3. Easier to say 1st thing in the morning I'll quick strip these beds and wash. Takes 5 minutes to strip and remake, and 5 minutes to fold and put away.